Photo Memories  2014
Dec19

Photo Memories 2014

”And so this is Christmas another year gone ”! Time to look back at some photos from this year aboard Zen2 . So many great people so many great days !  Bring on 2015 !!!!!   Merry Christmas  Austen    [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”1″ gal_title=”2015″]  

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Glimpses of Zen
Jun12

Glimpses of Zen

Today was one of those dreamy summer  days, it did however have a nightmare start with a Bass of double figure proportions lost at the net  . I can’t recall ever losing a Bass that big at the landing net before today . I can still see that fish swimming away back into the depths now . We were both very sad to see that one slide away.  Whenever we hook a big bass I urge (scream politely ) at the person playing the fish to back off the drag As a Bass gets closer  to the boat the pressure increases on the hook and the mouths start to rip if located in the wrong spot . The second you release the pressure with a large hook hole thats it , game over ! We pushed it hard today , burned a large amout of fuel and hunted the far off corners of West Cornwall . Several hours after the lost Bass we found some fish willing to feed. At slack water a shoal appeared on the surface . They looked pure white in the bright sunshine and electric blue water. Just stunning. Ive never seen Bass catch the light like that before . We did manage t land a couple of fish on surface lures. They absolutely refused to eat my fly. I could strip the fly and watch a pod of 20 bass speed up and slow down in sync with my left hand !!   Heres a very short film . What a joy its is to be in Cornwall in the summer .          ...

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Dolphins !!
May22

Dolphins !!

They bring so much joy to us and often seem to know when were having a tough day and need cheering up !! They are as fascinated by us as were by them. Catching Double figure Bass is quite Joyful too ! What an amazing start to the new Bass season !    ...

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Zen2 2013 ” The movie ”
Nov13

Zen2 2013 ” The movie ”

What a great year it has been , so many great days  aboard Zen2 . So many great fish !  Long days they are. I would say the average day works out at around 13 hours start to finish.  Most days the alarm goes off around 4 am . I have to take every booking that comes my way . The winter is a quiet time for bookings. Were loaded with Bass but Joe public just won’t make his way down the A 30. So Winter is the time to look back and reflect upon those sunrises and sunsets and Bass in the shallows .   Enjoy !...

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Bass Fishing Cornwall October blog
Oct11

Bass Fishing Cornwall October blog

Ive worked my nads  off this summer ! Its been amazing, exhausting, exciting, funny, sad, easy , hard, humorous, serious and a whole lot more.  Now I have a van that needs a service. Ive spent a grand on the traior  repairs and tyres  this week and the Suzuki DF 150 is just about ready for its 400 hour service. The ironic twist of the knife is that come October the mother load of Bass start to arrive in West Cornwall and the punters vanish! (Time for some winter deals ! Im not missing the best part of the year ) 48 hours ago Khem and I fly fished on the Lizard and landed 9 Bass to the  gurgler  fly on floating lines in 8 foot of water. This drreamy sunset was a wonderful end to what has been a dream run of bookings and weather. Khems a jammy git ! Its becoming a regular theme when we fish together.  Hes a very competent all round angler but that aside he still has a lucky streak . Take Sunday for example. I tried a new drift for Blue Sharks, perhaps brave with a client , but I did have Jammy Khem not a regular punter ! After 5 hours without a bite I decided the best idea would be to go for Bass and try and make it up to the guy. The lifting of the chum bag very much signals the end of the session or the loss of hope . I lifted the bag Khem and had a solid run from what turned out to be a 60 lb shark. These fish tussle really well on the major craft jiggiing rods , saying that the fish was ready to land with 6 minuites. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aruddko_5hY I just this week finally took the plunge and invested in a gorgeous 2.9 ghz I Mac. I have had that in my mind all summer, its my way of rewarding myself for all those 3 am alarm calls an 12 -13 hour days with 8 of them bobbing about on zen2 . 400 Fiiish Minnows – 6 Spools of 20 lb seguar – 10 spools of 20 lb Braid- 3  broken lure rods – 2 fly lines and God knows how many saltwater flies later I had the time  today to compile all the video clips and test out the I Mac’s video editing capabilites. Its been a joy to use the Mac and even more of a joy to throw the clips together. So many memories , there are parts of the film that make me feel quite emotional. There is only...

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Zen2 Does the Camel
Aug13

Zen2 Does the Camel

This video was shot up on the Camel estuary back in July , what a day it turned out to be. I fished with Tyson Jackson . The Go Pro chest mount really works well when fly fishing . Music by Prodigy . Cheers Oz

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Good karma !
May16

Good karma !

Today started with a family Breakfast of Porridge and Leftfieds ‘ Inspection’ at deafening volume. I thought dads were supposed to tell the kids to turn the music down ? Not in this household ! The joy of a sunny morning and the prospect few hours fishing for Bass got the better of me . Things have been deathly slow in Bass department in West Cornwall  , these water Temperature refuse to rise. Im bored of Pollack or Wrasse I want Bass I want Bass Bass Bass ! Porthleven slipway is a  2 minute drive, its always a welcome luxury to launch on the front door step rather than tow  Zen2 to Plymouth or Falmouth . If a picture says a thousand words then I suppose a video says more, even a crap one like mine ! They are here ! At last they are back .  I had half forgotten just how Dam cool Bass are , those pectoral fins all lit up electric Blue, Those silver scales. That nodding dog sensation on the rod tip that tells you  have a bass . The line rising up through the water column when a Bass heads towards the surface to shake the lure. They are great to eat , but releasing these fish leaves  a better taste in my mouth ! The 3 Bass I landed this morning all went back. I need plenty of  good karma...

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50 Seconds of Joy
Aug24

50 Seconds of Joy

This little video wont win any awards, doesn’t feature bent rods and Bass . It does however remind me of why I do this and what else happens when we go fishing this far West .   Cheers   Oz Bass fishing Cornwall from Zen-Sportfishing on...

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Cape Cod 2012 – Shifting sands, tides and ideas
Jun14

Cape Cod 2012 – Shifting sands, tides and ideas

Cape Cod 2012Once again I find myself Jet lagged, tired and my desk buried in mail. I think there are a few bills in the pile so perhaps I will deal with those later in the week. I feel the same withdraw symptoms each time I return but I would say that every year is quite different. There are always new challenges to face as the Stripers Migration Northwards unfolds. I liken the migration to a swarm of Locusts, ever hungry and constantly hunting for sufficient reserves of food to feed such a vast number of hungry bellies. This year the migration began very early, a large volume of fish pushed Eastwards through the Cape Cod Canal and engulfed the flats of Barnstable and Brewster  a couple of weeks before we were due to arrive. By the time we hit the water we had missed the cream of the crop and had to endure the classic ‘You should have been here last week’’ Number. You can never be 100 % sure when its all going to kick off so the best you can do is choose the optimum weeks and hope the Stripers are reading the script. Despite missing the big Party we certainly didn’t go fishless as for the first time in years we were finding zillions of schoolies were in town and eager to eat a fly or soft plastic. I confess that I had been very concerned by the lack of juvenile fish coming up through the ranks over the last few years. I was starting wonder if I would still be fishing the Cape 5 years from now, so to witness the number of new fish is very encouraging to see.     Shifting Sands and the forces of Nature I first fished on Cape Cod in 2006 . I was lucky enough to just catch the back end of the glory days of Monomoy before the winter  storm of 2007 closed the gap in the sand dunes. This affected the flow of water through the channels and flats.  If things had stayed the same I would possibly still be standing in the same spots that we fished in 2006.  In the old days you would find all the year classes mixed in together. Fishing blind through the channels was like a lucky dip , you never knew what would happen next , you could catch a dozen 5 pound fish and then suddenly find the the next fish was dragging you down the beach as you tried to catch up. A nine weight rod , a Twenty pound bass and a strong current makes...

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Vive La France !
Feb01

Vive La France !

  The first time I went to Cape Cod to fish for Stripers or sailed out to the Amarantes Islands in the Seychelles I came away inspired and knew that I had to return . I feel something similar having just visited salon european des peches en mer , in Nantes France. This is a fishing and boating show attended by around 25, 000 people. You will find all the big names in lure fishing displaying all the latest gizmo’s from Jig heads to 30 foot boats. So why would a fishing show be so inspirational ? The French are completely fanatical about Bassfishing . The Bass guides are true professionals governed by an official body. The clients are willing to pay top money for the service they provide. The French are very patriotic with where they spend their money and spend less time hunting the web to import a lure from abroad. The French are highly technical in the way they fish , commercial pressure on stocks has diminished the numbers of fish available,  as it has here. You will find guides have pushed the envelope hard in order to stay on top of the game. I had a long chat with one of France’s finest guides . He has been targeting Bass in up to 40 metres depth at times to stay ahead and locate the large bass that you so often see in the photographs. I have vowed to return to France and fish with some of these guides. They even have magazines devoted to Bassfishing . Just a flick through the magazines is enough to convince you that these guys are highly evolved when it comes to their approach to Bass from the boat and the shore. A guide surprised me when he explained that the Bass are becoming wiser over the years . I guess if you have survived for 10 – 20 years amid the constant attention from commercial and recreational anglers then you’re going to need to be a pretty switched on fish . Tackle Tarts beware ! The Armageddon range of rods from Ultimate France won the award for the best new product. Im not a huge fan of the name but the rods are stunning .I will be certainly be fishing with a couple of the Armageddon’s from my boat this year , try stopping me ! These Japanese built rods are mind blowing to hold , as light as a feather. Yannick the Boss of Ultimate bent and twisted these rods in a way that made my eyes water !   The Sakura stand was most impressive as was...

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